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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 28, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

JEFFREY JAMES MILLIRON, a 50-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on a charge of making false statements. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, MILLIRON faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

GREGORY M. KEMP, a 39-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of misappropriation of postal funds. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, KEMP faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Service. RAMON GASPAR-OCHOA, a citizen of Mexico, appeared on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, GASPAR-OCHOA faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $8,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.

MELISSA BIEBRICH-DOMINGUEZ, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, appeared on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BIEBRICH-DOMINGUEZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $8,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.

JESUS LOPEZ-BELTRAN, a citizen of Mexico, appeared on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LOPEZ-BELTRAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $8,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

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